Cloverdale Christmas Calendar

Heidi Gerhardt of Surrey's Historic Stewart Farm demonstrates how local pioneers might have strung a homemade popcorn garland at Christmastime. The farm presents a string popcorn making session on Dec. 5. For details

Fairs, concerts, special events

Christmas Treasures Craft Fair

A juried Christmas craft exhibition and sale presented by the Arts Council of Surrey at Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27 and 28. Call 604-585-2787 or info@artscouncilofsurrey.

Christmas Bazaar

Sat. Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. At Precious Blood Parish, 17475 59 Ave.  Come enjoy pancake breakfast or lunch, hear the children’s band and choir perform Christmas songs, browse the white elephant sale, craft tables, silent auction gift baskets and more. Entrance by donation to the food bank. Contact preciousbloodbazaar@gmail.com for more info.

SAGA GIFT SHOW

Surrey Art Gallery Association annual gift show and sale. Nov. 27 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Nov. 28 from noon to 4 p.m. Meet the artists with their new works in ceramics, turned wood, glass, jewellery, soap, photography, hand dyed silk and original art. 13750 88 Ave., Surrey. 604-501-5566.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Christmas Cheer

Friday Dec. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Cloverdale Seniors Centre, 6022 176 Street. Join us in singing Christmas carols and other cheerful musical tunes. Light refreshments served following the program. Hosted by the Happy Gang Glee Club and the Silvertones Choir. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Surrey Food Bank. More info call 604-502-6432.

Santa Parade of Lights

Sunday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. The parade concludes at 7 p.m. with a traditional tree lighting ceremony in Hawthorne Square at 176 Street between 57 and 58 Avenues.

Christmas Dinner

On Friday, Dec. 17, Cloverdale Seniors Centre at 6022 176 Street hosts an evening of friends and festivities, plus a delicious turkey dinner. Musical entertainment by Peter Montgomery Baxter. From 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. $18. Tickets are limited; please purchase by Dec. 13.

HISTORIC STEWART FARM

13723 Crescent Road, Surrey

Christmas Open House

Join us for an Old-fashioned Christmas! Make holiday crafts with your children, sample wood stove-baked treats and hot spiced apple cider, and tour the farmhouse charmingly decorated for Christmas. Saturday, Dec. 11 from noon to 4 p.m. All ages, by donation.

Evening Carol Sing

Experience how Surrey families made Christmas music together 100 years ago. Sing traditional carols with the White Rock Community Choir and taste festive goodies from the farmhouse kitchen. Must pre-register by calling 604-592-6956. Saturday, Dec. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. or from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. all ages, by donation.

Heritage Weekends

Take a break from the frantic pace of a modern Christmas and share the quiet joys of the season with your family. Sample fresh baking, tour the decorated farmhouse and make traditional crafts. Nov. 27-28 and Dec. 4-5.

From noon to 4 p.m. All ages, by donation. Pre-register by calling 604-592-6956.

CHOIRS

Songs of the Season

Langley Community Chorus presents Songs of the Season. Evening concert 7:30 p.m. Sat. Nov. 27 at Willoughby Christian Reformed Church, 20525 72 Ave., and a 3 p.m. matinee concert Sunday, Dec. 5 at Sharon United Church, 21562 Old Yale Rd. Tickets $15 adults, $10 students, under six free. Available at the door. Info: www.langleychorus.org

FAMILY-FRIENDLY

Winter Ice Palace

From Dec. 1 to Jan. 2, the Cloverdale Arena hosts the 13th annual Winter Ice Palace. The arena will be transformed into a frozen pond atmosphere that will bring back the good old days. This is a popular event the whole family can enjoy. Admission $3.50 per person. Skate rentals extra. Open Christmas Day and New Years Day. For more information call 604-502-6410.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

Santa’s Pals

Explore gift-giving traditions from many lands through crafts. Learn about the Santas and their companions across Europe and other countries that celebrate Christmas. Surrey Museum. Must pre-register by calling 604-592-6956. Dec. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. 1 session $8 (6-11yrs).

Tot Tour: Festive Fun

Little ones will explore Surrey’s many cultures, then make their own Christmas decorations to take home. Surrey Museum. Must pre-register by calling 604-592-6956. Dec. 1- from 11 a.m. to noon or 1-2 p.m. 1 session $6.25. (3-6 yrs)

Deck the Halls

Kids will love making garlands, toy soldiers and glittering ornaments to decorate their own holiday spaces. Must pre-register by calling 604-592-6956. Dec. 16 from 4-6 p.m. 1 session $8. (6-11 yrs).

ON STAGE

Alice in Wonderland, a traditional British panto, presented by the Royal Canadian Theatre Company Dec. 16 to Jan. 2 at the Surrey Arts Centre Mainstage, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Written and directed by Ellie King. Tickets at 604-501-5566 or online at www.arts.surrey.ca.

Snow White and the Vertically Challenged Excavators

The Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s musical panto is a rollicking adaptation of fairytale Snow White. Boo the bad guys, cheer for the good ones and sing along. To Dec. 5 at the Surrey Arts Centre 13750 88 Ave. Call 604-501-5566 for tickets or visit www.arts.surrey.ca.

Robinson Crusoe

A brave sailor, Man Friday, cannibals and awful jokes; a classic White Rock pantomime with a brand new look. Nov. 26-Dec. 26 at Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Road, White Rock. Tickets t 604-536-7535.

ONGOING

Lighting up your Life

A family friendly exhibit at the Surrey Museum running to Dec. 23. Explore and play with light. From filaments to fireworks and neon to navigation, discover how light touches every aspect of our lives.

Get in the Christmas spirit! Help out with children’s Christmas programs at the Surrey Museum.  For information, call 605-502-6461.

ELSEWHERE

Fort Langley National Historic Site hosts a lantern making workshop Dec. 4. And Old Fashioned Musical Christmas Dec. 9 and Festivities at the Fort from Dec. 18 to Jan. 2, 2011. For more information visit www.fortlangley.com.

Christmas in Fort Langley

Extended shopping hours Friday to Dec. 17. Boutiques and shops open to 8 p.m.

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